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Criticism of Zulu king mostly unjustified

Anthony Butler promo

The trouble is not so much what King Goodwill Zwelithini says as what he represents, writes Anthony Butler

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Athol Trollip’s politics of convenience

Volte-face on ‘political undertaker’ Nosimo Balindlela highlights expedience of Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip, writes Gareth van Onselen

WINE: Bordeaux fails to weather price climate as sunnier SA wines do

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Michael Fridjhon: Since 2011-2013 didn’t sell, why would anyone want to buy the 2014s?

THINK END OF THE WEDGE: Best to keep Brian Molefe off his Harley

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Peter Bruce: In the face of xenophobic violence and the poverty that fires it, what economic lessons will President Jacob Zuma have learned?

Zwelithini could teach Miliband a trick or two

Simon Lincoln Reader advises Labour supporters who acknowledge the party’s folly, yet still wish to support Miliband, to ‘do a Zwelithini’

Vavi factor gives pause to bold but impatient Numsa

Numsa is biding its time and patiently waiting to bypass another pothole: Zwelinzima Vavi, writes Natasha Marrian

STREET DOGS: It’s never too late

The power of self-perception and self-talk and its affect on one’s life cannot be understated, writes Michel Pireu

THE INSIDER: Lucky-dip thingamies at the traffic lights

Picture: ANTONIO MUCHAVE

Buying from vendors at traffic-engorged intersections can deliver more than expected


Previous columns


Little help from government as steel industry slides

Fall of SA's second-largest steel maker shows incoherent government policies as much as the plight of the global steel industry, writes Hilary Joffe

STREET DOGS: The emotional Mr Market

The intelligent investor is not influenced by price action but takes advantage of the market’s swings

THE INSIDER: Anyway you spell it, this word spells trouble

Xenophobia poster. Picture: EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Phonetic spelling helps lighten things up in newsrooms, where there is little else to laugh about these days

Publish and be damned in name of patriotism

Pictures of Emmanuel Sithole’s murder reflect those of the township uprising of the 1980s and the terrible images of the Vietnam War that forced humanity to confront a tough reality, writes Anton Harber

‘Superiority’ of foreigners sparking tensions with locals

Leon Louw promo

The entrepreneurial and productive superiority of migrants in general explains much or most of South Africa’s xenophobic hysteria, writes Leon Louw

THE INSIDER: New models aplenty but not the two-legged type

Models show off a Volkswagen Passat Lingyu at a car show in Beijing. File picture: BLOOMBERG/NATALIE BEHRING

Shanghai’s leaders ban models from Auto Shanghai 2015 partly to allow visitors to focus on the vehicles and gadgetry

Top must share blame with bottom for violence

Despite all the finger-pointing, those at the top have been responsible for a climate in which blaming immigrants seems natural, writes Steven Friedman

How the scars of our past reveal themselves

We should resist the temptation to reduce the past few weeks of violence to an issue of criminality, writes Zama Ndlovu

SA’s denialism will destroy it

People just do not get how close we are to the brink of disaster, writes Gareth van Onselen

Plan for failure in good times

Planning for a bad scenario is best done in the good times , writes Michel Pireu

A host of hidden dangers to naming and renaming

The rash naming of places could have serious economic costs in the future if we are not careful, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

THE INSIDER: Kim Jong-un is at the summit of his powers

This picture taken from North Korean paper Rodong Sinmun on Tuesday shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during an inspection tour of a newly-built housing complex in Pyongyang. Picture: AFP

Hike up North Korea's highest mountain gives Young Kim mental energy more powerful than nuclear weapons

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: A car to make us venerate the Alfa brand

Motor companies understand the concept of monument pride. In fact, they’re on some occasions happy to build a car that will lose them money as long as it advances the brand, writes Alexander Parker

Xenophobic SA believes it’s special, but it’s not

Nomalanga Mkhize

Instead of appealing to the exceptional ‘rainbow nation’, we need to build up the image of an interdependent SA, writes Nomalanga Mkhize

The DA’s moment of potential honesty

In the absence of a good reason from Helen Zille for her sudden exit, the powers that be have determined Mmusi Maimane’s moment is now, writes Gareth van Onselen

STRAIGHT TALK: An alternative to privatisation

Mark Barnes promo

There are specific cases where the arguments are overwhelmingly in favour of government-business partnerships, writes Mark Barnes

SA’s Super Rugby coaches need more imagination

Picture: THINKSTOCK

The X-factor footballers are discouraged because of coaching limitations, writes Mark Keohan

ON WORK: Pearl anniversary means my workplace has been my oyster

Lucy Kellaway promo

Most workplaces are now relatively meritocratic; the hopeless are usually encouraged to shuffle off and be hopeless somewhere else, writes Lucy Kellaway

SIGN POST: Being different is what will make Huawei a success

As Samsung and Apple fight a marketing and innovation war for leadership in the consumer device market, it's easy to imagine it's all about the technology, writes Arthur Goldstuck

Court bid by e.tv could delay digital migration

Just as SA's broadcasting digital migration project looked to be making solid progress, one of the protagonists in the long-running war over the encryption of TV signals is unleashing its lawyers, writes Duncan McLeod

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: For China, the prize in Africa is its markets

‘The Chinese are strikingly neocolonial about wanting to command the economic heights’ in African countries, writes Simon Barber

Helping those on the periphery

Like SA, it has been easy for Britain to apportion blame for the influx of foreign nationals but very few have been so bold as to offer realistic solutions, writes Bronwyn Nortje

Sea Hawks show Boland Rugby Union where true nation-building begins

As in Kassiesbaai, rugby plays a useful role in strengthening social cohesion, providing boys with good role models and keeping them off the streets, writes Liz McGregor

AT HOME AND ABROAD: Let us leave the past and focus on today’s failures

Allister Sparks masthead

Let us not relive the quarrels of the past and allow them to dominate the present and distort the future, writes Allister Sparks

Status quo not changed since 1994

Thami Mazwai promo

Society must take stock of the poverty, unemployment and inequality ravaging black communities 21 years into democracy, writes Thami Mazwai

Europe frozen by an inability to confront migration

Gideon Rachman promo

The emergence of the human stories behind the numbers may finally force European politicians to confront a problem they have preferred to ignore, writes Gideon Rachman

Jingles is here to stay, so all those who have a problem with the man: lay off!

Mninawa Ntloko promo

There may not be a more polarising figure in South African football than Pitso Mosimane, writes Mninawa Ntloko

STREET DOGS: How to win

For those who think the stock market is game, here are a few rules, Michel Pireu quotes from James Altucher

US opposition to new Asia bank hard to fathom

Joseph Stiglitz promo

It seems to be another case of the US’s insecurity about its global influence trumping idealistic rhetoric, writes Joseph Stiglitz

STREET DOGS: On Becoming a Person

Investors should keep in mind that the facts are friendly, writes Michel Pireu

How Lorgat’s ‘reminder’ did not interfere with the Proteas’ team choice

Picture: THINKSTOCK

Smoke and mirrors have reappeared in the past fortnight with Cricket SA’s handling of the World Cup semifinal selection saga, writes Neil Manthorp

PAVLO’S PERSPECTIVE: Selling products by creating stories

As a third generation, family-owned winery, Van Loveren Family Vineyards engaged both sides of the brain to build a formidable capability in an industry they understand intimately, writes Pavlo Phitidis

ON THE MONEY: The real Eskom story is: the money

Stuart Theobald promo

Eskom is bleeding cash for its new build programme, the massively delayed and over budget Kusile and Medupi power stations, writes Stuart Theobald

Entitlement equation that stops transformation adding up

So keen has UCT been to ‘transform’ … that its chancellor, the chairman of its council and the president of its convocation are black, as are its two immediate past vice-chancellors, writes John Kane-Berman

Ramphele failed in university transformation

Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s main achievements at UCT appear to be her tough stance against sexual harassment, completing a new library and renovating old buildings, writes Adekeye Adebajo

ON THE WATER: The state is dead, long live business

Jacob Zuma. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE

Citizens have cause to protest against the triumph of ignorance over reason at the University of Cape Town, a faux monarch defiling the constitution, and mindless mobs running amok, writes Neels Blom

THE LAST WORD: Eskom fluffs its lines as bosses lose the plot

With a power grid that lost 45% of its available capacity on Tuesday, an executive suite with tumbleweeds blowing through it and rolling blackouts every few hours, Eskom seems to have stopped bothering trying to communicate, writes Rob Rose

Maximising value all the way to zero

Picture: THINKSTOCK

It is becoming increasingly evident that if we don't stop paying our executives as if there's no tomorrow, there might be no tomorrow, writes Ann Crotty

UNEMBARGOED: A wide, sweeping road to failure

Institutions that carry out state's role as regulator of interests, facilitator of rights and guardian of social order must be robustly staffed with talented people, writes Songezo Zibi

RANTS AND SENSE: Move to curb the churn behind battle for brokers

Picture: THE NEW YORK TIMES/TONY CENICOLA

Being manipulated to take a particular editorial stance is one of the perils of the job. At the same time, industry sources can be helpful when it comes to identifying whether this week's corporate high-flyer could be next week's Bernie Madoff, writes Bruce Whitfield

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